During the week of December 4, Father Fulton shared his vocation story with Theology Juniors in Ms. Alana Bahoura, Mr. Colin Whitehead, and Mrs. Melissa Jones’ classes. The goal was to teach students about the journey to priesthood and the six callings each of us go through.
“Our students are at a formative time in their lives with big decisions on the horizon. It's important that they have voices speaking to them and guiding them at this time. Few things in life have more power to move us to action than a personal story, so I wanted them to see how Fr. Fulton dealt with similar situations growing up and to see a reflection of themselves in his story. It's clear that the students relate to him,” Mr. Whitehead stated.
The presentations took place in the chapel, where students learned about the journey Father Fulton took to priesthood as well as the six callings students will experience in their own life.
“God calls us through the times, people, places and events of our lives,” Father Fulton stated.
He explained that we have all received several calls, including:
1. We are called “to be.”
God has called us by name into existence.
2. We are called to be a Child of God.
Father Fulton explains that by virtue of His creating us, we are God’s children, and our faith life is our response to being His Children as we respond to His goodness to us.
3. We are called to an occupation.
Our occupation refers to how we are going to make the world holy. Whatever our profession is, we are called to bring God’s love, peace, and justice into the world and lives of others. People should be able to tell that we are people of faith by virtue of who and how we are in our workplace.
4. We are called to a state of life.
This refers to how we are going to be made holy. Father Fulton explained two states of life:
The single life, in which we are called to become holy by loving others. We are all called initially to the single life so we can first learn to love ourselves and develop so that we can then love others.
The married life – Those who enter marriage are called to love someone else other than themselves, as much as God loves us. Marriage allows us to learn to forgive someone else as much as God forgives us and to sacrifice ourselves for someone else as much as God sacrificed for us, that is, His Son.
5. We are called to be a student.
Being a student isn’t just about holding a pattern of waiting to grow up, but it’s a special time where we discover and develop all the gifts, talents, and abilities God has given us for the service of others.
6. We are called home.
The last call we receive will be when God calls us to our eternal home when He will embrace us, and we will live in love, peace, and joy forever. Our time limitation on Earth should prompt us to live life richly and cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
“My hope is that our vocations talk with Fr. Fulton might motivate some of my students to consider the priesthood. And at the very least, that all of my students will walk away with a deeper appreciation for the Basilians that serve us at Catholic Central,” stated Mr. Whitehead.